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Habitat Paraguay - Asuncion (Women Build)

May 16 - 24, 2020

Volunteer with like-minded people and local Paraguayan on a Global Village project to support a positive impact for families through access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

This project seeks to address the housing needs of families and communities in poverty conditions. The goal of this project its to support the improvement of living condition of families and the development of their children through safety, healthy and durable houses. The housing deficit in Paraguay is estimated in 1,100,000 houses and every year this statistic continues to grow. 43 out of 100 families live in inadequate and overcrowded conditions and approximately half of all the houses in Paraguay can be classified as inadequate. Over a fifth of families across the country lack of legal tenure of their land and/or are illegally situated in areas such as: streets, parks, private properties and riverbanks

 

Women Build

Women builds aim to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence.  Through Women Builds, we can increase our advocacy efforts on these important issues while collecting valuable information which demonstrates the many benefits of female ownership. We at Habitat have the ability to provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and given these tools, women can succeed in changing their communities. Men and Women are all welcome to join a Women build. The special build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating.

Habitat for Humanity Paraguay

Since 1998, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has been working with families to attain better housing conditions and improve their lives. According to the National Department of Housing, it is estimated that 1.1 million houses are required in Paraguay, and that number is increasing. An estimated 43 out of every 100 families live in inadequate housing conditions, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.The lack of official information regarding the deficit makes it difficult to measure the problem, but it is known that progressive construction is the primary way in which Paraguayan families have access to their homes. In more than 20 years of work, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has implemented actions that transform the housing conditions of families and vulnerable communities, mobilizing resources and promoting solidarity and responsibility.

For more information visit Habitat Paraguay's website, here.

Habitat Building or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday, May 16

 Arrive in Asuncion

 Sunday, May 17

Orientation with HFH Paraguay

 Monday, May 18 -

 Thursday, May 21

 Build Days

 Friday, May 22

 Build / Dedication ceremony 

 Saturday, May 23

 Team non-build activities, as determined by Team Leader and Farewell Dinner

 Sunday, May 24

 Return to Canada or onward journey.  

Typical Housing Solutions

Each project is unique and adapts to the needs of the families and communities where Habitat Paraguay builds. HFH Paraguay continues to offer partner families the option to build a traditional, complete home. However, since each family has different resources, Habitat Paraguay also offers partner families the option to build a progressive home. A partner family may construct a progressive home and then plan to build additions when they are financially able again. The HFH Paraguay homes vary in size, between 20 to 55 sq. meters, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry sink and a small front porch. Habitat Paraguay also offers alternative housing solutions, to families with and existing home, which includes all types of repairs, a bathroom, and/or additions. These alternative housing solution options allow families to improve their current living situation so that their home is both safe and adequate. All complete homes and housing solutions are simple, economical, and are built using highly durable materials, such as: clay bricks, cement floors and Spanish tile roofs

Typical Volunteer Tasks

1. Mixing mortar 2. Brick laying 3. Floor slab construction 4. Making Compressed Stablized Earth Blocks (CSEB) with cement or mortar 5. Weaving bamboo 6. Moving material

 

Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Paraguay is approximately $1780.00 CAD (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $400.00 CAD non-build activities* (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 

Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.

 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Paraguay and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Asuncion and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture.  Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day  activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in,  please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.

Meet your Team Leader: Rita Baita

Hello my name is Rita Baita and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to take a team to Paraguay.  I have been very fortunate to be part of the GV program since 2011. This will be my twelfth build, ninth as a leader with previous builds in Central and South America, Europe, Indonesia, Cambodia, India and our own beautiful country.

The challenge of hard work under a hot sun is always rewarded with a huge smile from the heart. I have made some great friends around the world while learning, laughing and having lots of fun.  

Construction skills are not necessary, just a desire to learn and listen with a compassionate heart.  Bring with you a sense of humour, flexibility and an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.  You will have many wonderful memories. 

Please feel free to contact me at rbaita1132@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about the trip or apply now using our on-line application.  I look forward to hearing from you and sharing this incredible experience.

 

 

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